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"you're packing a suitcase for a place that you've never been...a place that has to be believed to be seen"...'Walk On' by U2

WATERSHED: A voice in the wilderness. DARYL UNDERWOOD.


The concept of Centerpoint Christianity briefly stated is:

Christianity from the centerpoint outward.

Christianity from the climax forward.

This blog constitutes concepts for a new view of Christianity that begins with what is foundational and moves forward from that point. It is based on the assumption that we are being pulled towards something unseen and pushed from a place that once was.

What Centerpoint Christianity attempts to do is bypass some of the constraints imposed by metanarratives by using the life of Christ and particularly the climactic actions of Christ as beginning points.

It supports the conviction that God is essentially timeless. From this beginning point we endeavor to move outward from the definitive moment of the parousia (visitation) of Christ and forward to the future which functions as a type of magnet to "what can be--and is coming".

When we begin at the life of Christ and move outward as from the centerpoint of a web, rather than in a linear timeline of history, another wide picture emerges.

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some birds are not meant to be caged

That's where Andy crossed. When I picture him heading south in his own car with the top down, it always makes me laugh. Andy Dufrense... who crawled through a river of shit and came out clean on the other side. Andy Dufrense... headed for the Pacific.

East of Eden.

In my mind's eye I can see Jesus and Andy Dufrense headed for the blue, tranquility of freedom. Their portion comes somewhere East of Eden and far from Shawshank. Out of the dusty dry ground into the deep blue Pacific. They rise out of the muck, the shroud, the dead man's wrap, clean. They shed the skin of marked men. They cheat death. They become the symbols of hope. Here on the western shore is where it all comes full circle. And Andy would have his best friend with him. Red is given the key to the kingdom beneath a secret place, hidden behind a rock. And Jesus would have his friends come too. That is where I come in. And you too. We are all invited to get wet. I have been down to the Jordan. I've walked in the ocean. And come out clean.

Naked and unashamed. It's been a long time coming. I have been wrapped in the shroud of Shawshank for so long now. I have felt dirty forever. I always dreamed there would be a place like this. And it stretches for as far as the eye can see. I know this paradise has no end. I can hardly believe my eyes. Talk of hell if you like; I just dream of heaven.

So I am on my way. Riding in the red t-bird, top down, heading west. Sea-breeze and sunshine on my face. Beyond the desert of the dirt-dust of this day into the deep blue sea of tomorrow. I am young again. I will be Jack on the deck of the Titanic...and I like the way your sparkling errings lay against your skin so brown. Can you see what I see, or feel what I feel; about a place where there is no time and we are what we dream we were?

This world is not my home and Shawshank is not my destiny. The key to redemption is found in the pages of the Exodus. And so I keep chipping away at these rocks in my wilderness journey. I know there is a place. Somewhere out there I can see it, taste the salt, feel the wash. Somewhere over the rainbow way up high and wide, oh so wide, as broad as the deep blue sea. I believe it. I feel it, I can taste it.

And we are never going back to Shawshank again. And, of course, we are never gonna go back at all. And I like the way your sparkling errings lay against your skin so brown...and I want to sleep with you in the desert tonight...with a million stars all around. And you may try to take away my dream. But you won't.

'And when I look back on the stars
It'll be like a candlelight in Central Park
And it won't break my heart to say goodbye'


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